Fifth Annual Jazz Festival
October 1st, 2014
Featuring the Music of Jazz Icon Charlie Parker
November 7-8, 2014
Nichols Concert Hall
1490 Chicago Avenue | Evanston
Tickets: $30 adults | $20 seniors | $10 students
Lecture: $10 General Admission
JazzPass: $55 adults | $35 seniors
Tickets Hotline: 800.838.0006
Festival Sponsor ~ The Howard and Ursula Dubin Foundation
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All events take place in Nichols Concert Hall:
Friday, November 7, 7:30 pm: Bird with Strings
The festival opens with a rare performance of music from the legendary Bird with Strings recordings, with jazz veteran Charles McPherson as saxophone soloist and Music Institute Artist in Residence Tammy McCann singing “Easy Living” and “I Thought About You.” Also on the program is a newly commissioned work for jazz quartet and strings by Northwestern University Director of Jazz Studies Victor Goines.
Saturday, November 8, 9-3 pm: Jazz Invitational
Coordinated by Audrey Morrison, director of Jazz Studies at MIC, the Jazz Invitationial brings several jazz bands from area high schools to Nichols Concert Hall for public performances and professional coaching.
Saturday, November 8, 3-4 pm: Charles McPherson Jazz Clinic
There is a $5 admission fee (at the door) with all proceeds going to the Billy Strayhorn Scholarship in Jazz Studies.
Saturday, November 8, 4 pm: Lecture and Book-Signing
The festival continues with a lecture by acclaimed cultural critic and author Stanley Crouch, who discusses his recent book Kansas City Lightning: The Rise and Times of Charlie Parker. Richard Steele serves as moderator.
Saturday, November 8, 7:30 pm: Bebop Extravaganza
The closing concert features Charles McPherson on saxophone and the Music Institute jazz faculty quintet, with Victor Garcia on trumpet, Jeremy Kahn on piano, Stewart Miller on bass, Ernie Adams on drums, and Music Institute Jazz Studies Director Audrey Morrison on trombone performing Charlie Parker classics, such as “Confirmation,” “Moose the Mooch,” and “Ornithology.”